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Vice President’s Office

Jay E. Davenport, CFRE

Jay E. Davenport, CFRE

Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations

Phone: (804) 828-2343

Email: jedavenport@vcu.edu

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Jay Davenport began his position as vice president for Development and Alumni Relations in September 2017. Before joining VCU, Davenport served as associate vice president of individual giving and campaign management at Wake Forest University.

As VCU’s chief development officer, Davenport leads development and alumni engagement efforts for both the university and VCU Health. Areas under his purview include advancement solutions, alumni relations, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, development and alumni communications, donor relations, regional philanthropy and the universitywide development staff.

Davenport has served in several roles at Wake Forest since 2010, including as assistant vice president of college development, assistant vice president of major gifts and associate vice president and campaign director. Previously, Davenport was director of development and team leader at Rice University and held fundraising positions as a college development director at the University of Memphis College of Business and Wright State University College of Engineering. He began his higher education career as an assistant dean of admissions at Wittenberg University in 1995.

Davenport holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Xavier University and a master's degree in higher education administration from Ball State University.

 
Magnus H. Johnsson (M.P.A.’10/GPA; Cert.’10/H&S)

Magnus H. Johnsson (M.P.A.’10/GPA; Cert.’10/H&S)

Senior Associate Vice President for Development

Phone: (804) 827-1363

Email: johnssonm@vcu.edu

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Magnus Johnsson joined VCU in 2007 as executive director of external relations and development for the School of Education before taking on his current role in February 2015. 

Johnsson brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience and has served volunteer leadership roles as past president of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Virginia Chapter. His work experience includes senior leadership roles at UMFS and the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. Johnsson received his Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials in 2004 and is a member of the 2015 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond. 

He earned a M.P.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. in public administration from James Madison University. 

As senior associate vice president for development, Johnsson oversees the areas of principal giving, regional giving and corporate and foundation relations.

 
Samantha Wheeler Marrs

Samantha Wheeler Marrs

Senior Associate Vice President for Development Operations

Phone: (804) 828-1229

Email: swmarrs@vcu.edu

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Samantha Wheeler Marrs joined VCU in 2000 as director of corporate and foundation relations.

Today, her primary responsibility is to manage key DAR areas, including budget, Strategic Marketing and Engagement and Advancement Services, including donor relations, communications, annual giving, regional philanthropy and corporate and foundation relations.

Her previous experience includes eight years as program associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she coordinated higher-education grants. She holds degrees from Smith College and Columbia University. She has served as president of a local middle school PTA, chair of the board of the Virginia Poverty Law Center and secretary/treasurer of the board of VirginiaFIRST, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding STEM activities across the commonwealth.

 
Thomas Maness, M.P.A.

Thomas Maness, M.P.A.

Associate Vice President for Transformational Philanthropy

Phone: (804) 828-4179

Email: temaness@vcu.edu

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Tom Maness originally came to VCU in 2018 as associate dean and chief development officer for the School of Medicine. He was appointed to his current role in January 2019 and has responsibility for philanthropic support across the health sciences campus including the colleges and schools of Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. This also includes the Massey Cancer Center as well as the hospitals, clinics and programs of VCU Health. 

He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of philanthropy mostly at academic medical centers. Prior to his time at VCU, he served as AVP for annual, major and planned giving at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he had responsibility for all individual giving programs. He also has extensive experience in enhancing and expanding grateful patient and family programs through partnership with physicians, researchers and other health care providers. 

Prior to joining Children’s National, he served in the joint development office of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan. He served in various roles including major gifts officer, associate director of major gifts and manager of major gifts. His management duties included building and leading teams of gift officers in major and mid-level giving as well as overseeing numerous donor affinity groups. During this time, Tom participated in three comprehensive campaigns of $1 billion or more. 

He holds a master’s of public administration in public policy and nonprofit management from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. 

 
Michael Morelius

Michael Morelius

Associate Vice President for Development - Monroe Park Campus

Phone: (804) 828-4205

Email: mvmorelius@vcu.edu

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Michael Morelius came to VCU from St. Edward’s University, where he oversaw the completion of the successful $100 million Campaign for St. Edward’s. During his time there, he managed all major gifts and planned giving officers responsible for portfolios of donors with a minimum $25,000 gift capacity as well as the corporate and foundation relations office and annual giving program.

His role at VCU is to help increase the fundraising efforts of the Monroe Park Campus schools and colleges, VCU Athletics and the Institute for Contemporary Art.

From August 2011 to October 2015, Morelius was director of development for the College of Science for the Texas A&M Foundation. As team lead, he facilitated raising $62 million. He managed a portfolio of 170 households capable of making commitments of $100,000 or more and maintained an average of 21 donor and qualification visits per month.

Morelius was director of development at Rice University from October 2006 to July 2011. He began his fundraising career as a student caller at Texas A&M. Over the course of his career, he has directly helped to raise more than $115 million.

He is a graduate of Texas A&M, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1999. He has two children, Kristopher and Brynne Leigh.

 
Lendi L. Bass

Lendi L. Bass

Executive Assistant to the Vice President

Phone: (804) 828-2343

Email: bassl5@vcu.edu

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Terry Clark

Terry Clark

Senior Executive Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-3718

Email: tbclark2@vcu.edu

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Alex McDougall (B.S.’13/H&S; M.B.A.’21/B)

Alex McDougall (B.S.’13/H&S; M.B.A.’21/B)

Capital Campaign Manager

Phone: (804) 828-0933

Email: mcdougallaj@vcu.edu

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Talent Management

Julia Ayscue

Julia Ayscue

Executive Director of Talent Management

Phone: (804) 828-3196

Email: joayscue@vcu.edu

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King P. Goldman

King P. Goldman

Building Operations and Talent Resource Coordinator

Email: kgoldman@vcu.edu

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King P. Goldman joined DAR in July 2015 as assistant Advancement Services trainer. In January 2016, King became interim project manager/executive assistant. Given his previous experience directing and managing housekeeping and environmental service operations in both hotels and VCU Health, he transitioned to building manager in May 2016. Goldman earned a bachelor's in human development from the University of Illinois at Urbana, a master's in instructional design from Bellevue University and a post-master's certificate for Six Sigma Greenbelt course completion via Villanova University.

 
Ingrid “Izzy” Kane

Ingrid “Izzy” Kane

Talent Acquisitions and Programs Manager

Phone: (804) 828-4708

Email: irkane@vcu.edu

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Izzy Kane joined VCU in 2010 as a graduate student worker in corporate and foundation relations. She then went on to work in the Office of Research Subjects Protection at VCU before coming back to Development and Alumni Relations as senior project coordinator. She holds a bachelor's in hospitality administration from Boston University and an M.P.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill.

 
Carolyn Lee

Carolyn Lee

Assistant Director of Talent Management

Phone: (804) 828-3196

Email: CLEE23@vcu.edu

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Santana A. Ortiz

Santana A. Ortiz

Internal Communications Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-1124

Email: ortizsa@vcu.edu

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Development staff directory

Principal Giving

Magnus H. Johnsson (M.P.A.’10/GPA; Cert.’10/H&S)

Magnus H. Johnsson (M.P.A.’10/GPA; Cert.’10/H&S)

Senior Associate Vice President for Development

Phone: (804) 827-1363

Email: johnssonm@vcu.edu

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Magnus Johnsson joined VCU in 2007 as executive director of external relations and development for the School of Education before taking on his current role in February 2015. 

Johnsson brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience and has served volunteer leadership roles as past president of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Virginia Chapter. His work experience includes senior leadership roles at UMFS and the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. Johnsson received his Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials in 2004 and is a member of the 2015 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond. 

He earned a M.P.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. in public administration from James Madison University. 

As senior associate vice president for development, Johnsson oversees the areas of principal giving, regional giving and corporate and foundation relations.

 
Ann Deppman

Ann Deppman

Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning

Phone: (804) 828-7370

Email: deppmana@vcu.edu

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Ann Deppman became assistant vice president of gift planning for VCU in 2021 after previous serving as director of gift planning for the MCV Foundation. She oversees and coordinates gift planning across the university.

Ann brings more than 13 years of leadership experience, most recently as director of gift planning for Oberlin College, where she led successful efforts to increase institutional support through outright and planned gifts.

Ann is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College, and she earned her law degree from Vermont Law School.

Ann and her husband, Vance, have four grown sons. In their spare time, they enjoy biking and walking their two small dogs in addition to sharpening their skills as amateur home baker (Ann) and chef (Vance). They look forward to getting to know the Richmond community, especially the local restaurants and parks.
 

 
Anne Hoffler

Anne Hoffler

Executive Director, Principal Giving Stewardship

Phone: (804) 828-3383

Email: aahoffle@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 1999, Anne Hoffler has a B.A. and an M.Ed., both from the College of William & Mary. She has 25 years of experience in stewardship, donor relations and university special events.

 
Stephanie Monn (M.B.A.’19/B)

Stephanie Monn (M.B.A.’19/B)

Assistant Director of Engagement Programs

Phone: (804) 827-8247

Email: smonn@vcu.edu

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Stephanie Monn plans regional and presidential-level salon events with regional giving, principal giving and VCU Alumni. She comes from the VCU School of Pharmacy, where she had served as gift stewardship and special events coordinator since 2016. She has worked in nonprofit business strategy, marketing and customer service for more than 10 years. She holds an M.B.A. from VCU and holds a B.S. in marketing and management from Portland State University. 

 
Thomas C. Burke (B.S.'79/E; M.P.A.'95/H&S), CFRE

Thomas C. Burke (B.S.'79/E; M.P.A.'95/H&S), CFRE

Senior Campaign Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 828-3958

Email: tcburke@vcu.edu

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Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell

Senior Campaign Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 828-1475

Email: becampbell@vcu.edu

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Brian Campbell joined VCU in 2018 as the leader of the fundraising program for the VCU College of Engineering, coordinating major gift and annual fund strategies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Averett University and a master’s from the University of Virginia.

During his lengthy career in higher education administration, Campbell has served in similar roles at the North Carolina State University, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, the Nevada System of Higher Education, Iowa State University and the University of Virginia.

Campbell was a member of the Virginia State Board of Social Services from 1994 to 2001. He also served as a member of the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force from 1980 to 1986, participating in contingency operations in Egypt, Panama, Germany and Honduras.

 
Laura K. Dickinson

Laura K. Dickinson

Planned Giving Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-4240

Email: dickinsonlk2@vcu.edu

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Laura P. Foy

Laura P. Foy

Project Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-3173

Email: foylp@vcu.edu

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Corporate and Foundation Relations

Sandy Turnage, Ed.D.

Sandy Turnage, Ed.D.

Director of Corporate Relations

Phone: (804) 828-3620

Email: scturnage@vcu.edu

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Ariana Bracalente

Ariana Bracalente

Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Principal Giving

Phone: (804) 828-1230

Email: abracalente@vcu.edu

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Ariana Bracalante has been with VCU since 1987 and a part of Development and Alumni Relations team since 1998.

She has worked in corporate and foundation relations for nearly 20 years, focusing on grant development and management, identifying potential funding matches for university priorities and building relationships with corporate and foundation partners. Her greatest joy is working with faculty and colleagues to develop and craft successful corporate and foundation proposals. She hails from the College of William and Mary but calls VCU her home team.

 
Frannie Noble

Frannie Noble

Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Email: noblesf@vcu.edu

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Molly Oudekerk (Cert.’19/GPA; M.P.A.’19/GPA)

Molly Oudekerk (Cert.’19/GPA; M.P.A.’19/GPA)

Corporate and Foundation Relations Specialist

Email: oudekerkmb@vcu.edu

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Molly Oudekerk joined the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations in 2021. She has an M.P.A. and postbaccalaureate certificate in nonprofit management from VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech.

 

 

University Development

Chad Krouse, Ed.D. (Ed.D.’18/E)

Chad Krouse, Ed.D. (Ed.D.’18/E)

Assistant Vice President for University Development

Phone: (804) 828-2346

Email: cmkrouse@vcu.edu

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Chad Krouse joined VCU in 2012 as a regional major gift officer after several years of annual giving and major gift work at Hampden-Sydney College. In 2015, he was promoted to oversee VCU’s regional giving program for the university in conjunction with the Make It Real Campaign for VCU.

 

Krouse earned his Bachelor of Arts from Hampden-Sydney College in 2002, and a Master of Divinity from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2010. In 2018, Krouse earned his Doctor of Education in Leadership from the VCU School of Education. Krouse serves on the advisory boards for the VCU Rams in Recovery program as well as the CX Certificate program at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond. Krouse is an adjunct professor at the William & Mary School of Education and the VCU Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

 

 
Richard T. Spain IV (M.Ed.’13/E)

Richard T. Spain IV (M.Ed.’13/E)

Director of University Development

Phone: (804) 828-6502

Email: spainrt@vcu.edu

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Before joining the University Development team, Rich Spain (M.Ed.'13/E) worked primarily with the VCU Honors College leading the development and alumni relations efforts. Before coming home to VCU, he worked at Rice University and University of Virginia. Spain earned his B.S. in business administration from East Carolina University, where he ran track, and a Master of Sport Leadership from VCU.

 
Robert Chisley (B.S.’14/H&S; M.S.L.’19/B)

Robert Chisley (B.S.’14/H&S; M.S.L.’19/B)

University Development Engagement Officer

Email: chisleyrl@vcu.edu

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Robert Chisley joined the University Development team in 2021 as an engagement officer. He previously served as the annual fund assistant for the Iron Dukes at Duke Athletics. Robert earned his B.S. in exercise science from VCU in 2014 and his master’s in sport leadership from VCU in 2019.

 
Jayla Gilliam (B.A.'19/H&S)

Jayla Gilliam (B.A.'19/H&S)

University Development Engagement Officer

Email: gilliamj2@vcu.edu

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Before joining VCU, Jayla Gilliam worked on various political campaigns locally and throughout the east coast. She earned her B.A. in political science at VCU and is currently pursuing her M.P.A. at VCU as well.

 
Matt Rowe

Matt Rowe

University Development Engagement Officer

Email: rowemr3@vcu.edu

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Before joining VCU's University Development team as an engagement officer, Matt Rowe served as a case manager and student advocate in the Dean of Students office at Virginia Tech. He earned his bachelor's degree in agribusiness management from Virginia Tech and a Master of Education in higher education from the University of Virginia.

 
James Wasilewski, CFRE

James Wasilewski, CFRE

Senior Director of University Development

Phone: (804) 827-3896

Email: wasilewskijr@vcu.edu

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James Wasilewski has served in various fundraising, constituent engagement and student recruitment roles in higher education for 20 years. He currently serves as senior director of University Development, leading a university gift officer team for engagement and gift interest as well as working with talent management in the areas of fundraising and leadership training for development. At VCU, he has also served in prior roles as director of annual giving for VCU Massey Cancer Center and director of development and alumni engagement for the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

Additionally, James facilitates workshops and is a presenter at conferences about fundraising practices and other soft skill development and application.

He is a community advocate, including volunteer board service and leadership for the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives, Central Virginia chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and more. In 2015, he was recognized in the Richmond publication Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 for his work in fundraising, volunteer service and improv comedy in the community.

He earned his B.S. in accounting with a minor in speech communications from Randolph-Macon College and his M.B.A. from the University of Central Florida.

 
Corey Humphrey

Corey Humphrey

University Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 827-9344

Email: schumphrey@vcu.edu

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Corey Humphrey holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Wooster in Ohio. Prior to joining the University Development team, he worked as a leadership annual giving officer at the VCU School of Education, and from 2014-17 as the director of development for MENTOR Virginia.

 
Trevor Worden

Trevor Worden

University Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 828-1357

Email: taworden@vcu.edu

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Trevor Worden started his fundraising career in the nonprofit and arts communities. He moved into higher education at VCU in 2018, joining the College of Health Professions. Trevor joined University Development in 2021 as a university gift officer.

 
Joycelyn Mahone

Joycelyn Mahone

Director of University Development

Phone: (804) 828-3214

Email: jemahone@vcu.edu

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Before joining VCU's University Development team, Joycelyn Mahone was assistant director of leadership annual giving at the University of South Florida. Mahone earned a B.A. in legal studies from the University of Central Florida and a master's in organizational leadership from Brenau University.

 
Ashley Hanel

Ashley Hanel

Senior University Development Officer

Phone: (804) 828-4754

Email: ashanel@vcu.edu

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Before joining VCU's University Development team, Ashley Hanel served as an annual giving officer at Virginia Tech. She received a bachelor's in public health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Arts in higher education from the University of Mississippi.   

 
Tazjia Harris-Paiva

Tazjia Harris-Paiva

University Development Officer

Phone: (804) 828-3214

Email: harrispaivt@vcu.edu

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Development staff directory

Development Operations

Samantha Wheeler Marrs

Samantha Wheeler Marrs

Senior Associate Vice President for Development Operations

Phone: (804) 828-1229

Email: swmarrs@vcu.edu

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Samantha Wheeler Marrs joined VCU in 2000 as director of corporate and foundation relations.

Today, her primary responsibility is to manage key DAR areas, including budget, Strategic Marketing and Engagement and Advancement Services, including donor relations, communications, annual giving, regional philanthropy and corporate and foundation relations.

Her previous experience includes eight years as program associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she coordinated higher-education grants. She holds degrees from Smith College and Columbia University. She has served as president of a local middle school PTA, chair of the board of the Virginia Poverty Law Center and secretary/treasurer of the board of VirginiaFIRST, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding STEM activities across the commonwealth.

 

Advancement Solutions

Natalie Spring

Natalie Spring

Assistant Vice President of Advancement Solutions

Email: springn@vcu.edu

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Prospect Development

Carrie Naumann (M.P.A.’08/GPA; Cert.’08/H&S)

Carrie Naumann (M.P.A.’08/GPA; Cert.’08/H&S)

Acting Co-Director of Prospect Development

Phone: (804) 828-2850

Email: naumanncp@vcu.edu

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Carrie Naumann joined VCU in October 2012. She provides primary prospect research, management and strategy support to various campus partners. She also is helping support the growth of data analytics within the prospect development office. She received a B.A. in government and international relations from George Mason University and an M.P.A. and certificate in nonprofit management from VCU. Before joining VCU, Naumann worked in prospect research for a nonprofit consulting firm in New York City as well as for the marketing and communications department of the Metropolitan Opera. She is webmaster for the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement Virginia Chapter and has been involved with Women in Development, N.Y., New York Women’s Agenda, APRA Greater New York Chapter and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fundraising Day in New York.

 
Ben Bromley

Ben Bromley

Acting Co-Director of Prospect Development

Phone: (804) 828-4546

Email: bsbromley@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2014, Ben Bromley earned a B.A. in history and religious studies from the College of William & Mary and a M.S.I.S. in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career has spanned different facets of managing information, having previously worked in special collections and archives for William & Mary and the Library of Virginia.

 
Lindsay Rogillio

Lindsay Rogillio

Associate Director of Prospect Development

Phone: (804) 828-0808

Email: lrogillio@vcu.edu

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Adrienne E. Robertson

Adrienne E. Robertson

Sr. Prospect Research Analyst

Phone: 804-828-2862

Email: aerobertson2@vcu.edu

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Claire Radcliffe

Claire Radcliffe

Prospect Research Analyst

Email: radcliffec@vcu.edu

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Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor

Sr. Prospect Development Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-2043

Email: rftaylor@vcu.edu

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Joey Cuevas

Joey Cuevas

Prospect Development Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-2850

Email: cuevashj@vcu.edu

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Gifts and Records Management

Mandy L. Smith

Mandy L. Smith

Director of Gifts and Records Management

Phone: (804) 828-0348

Email: mlsmith4@vcu.edu

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Brandon Alliet

Brandon Alliet

Transaction Analyst

Email: allietb@vcu.edu

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Victoria Armstrong

Victoria Armstrong

Stewardship Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-0632

Email: armstrongv@vcu.edu

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April Bennett-Mitchell

April Bennett-Mitchell

Senior Financial Technician

Phone: (804) 828-9430

Email: anbennettmit@vcu.edu

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Deveney Drew

Deveney Drew

Transaction Analyst

Email: ddrew3@vcu.edu

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Clevon Hall

Clevon Hall

Data Integrity Coordinator

Email: cchall@vcu.edu

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Clevon Hall earned his B.A. in English and film studies from Randolph-Macon College in January 2017 and joined VCU in February 2017 as a data entry clerk. While a student, he worked as an assistant for the R-MC Office of College Advancement.

 
Heidi Hernandez (B.A.’10/H&S)

Heidi Hernandez (B.A.’10/H&S)

Data Integrity Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-9812

Email: hernandezht@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2012, Heidi Hernandez has a B.A. in English from VCU. Her previous work experiences involved inventory control data management and sales auditing in the retail industry.

 
Russell Johnson (B.S.’15/H&S)

Russell Johnson (B.S.’15/H&S)

Operations Analyst

Email: johnsonrc5@vcu.edu

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Brogan King

Brogan King

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Phone: (804) 828-0632

Email: beking@vcu.edu

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Symanetta L. Powell

Symanetta L. Powell

Transaction Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-2816

Email: slpowell@vcu.edu

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Brenda L. Smith

Brenda L. Smith

Data Integrity Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-3774

Email: blsmith2@vcu.edu

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Alicia Williams

Alicia Williams

Matching Gift and Compliance Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-1672

Email: awilliams47@vcu.edu

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Khaleliah N. Williams

Khaleliah N. Williams

Assistant Director of Gift Accounting

Phone: (804) 828-9430

Email: knwillia@vcu.edu

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Melanie Riezner

Melanie Riezner

Gift Accounting Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-5019

Email: mriezner@vcu.edu

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Melanie Riezner joined the VCU team in 2015 as a transaction analyst. She has a B.S. in psychology from the University of Houston. Before relocating to Virginia, she spent 17 years at a Houston nonprofit in various roles, including director of gift records.

 

 

 
Connie M. Rigsby

Connie M. Rigsby

Manager of Data Integrity

Phone: (804) 828-0288

Email: cmrigsby@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2011, Connie Rigsby has more than 20 years of experience in Advancement Services with an emphasis on IRS guidelines, CASE best practices, database management and data integrity, all while adhering to the intentions of donors.

 

Information Systems

Rob Downs (M.S.’06/B)

Rob Downs (M.S.’06/B)

Executive Director, DAR Information Systems

Phone: (804) 828-0421

Email: rmdowns@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team for more than 10 years, Rob Downs has a B.S. from James Madison University and an M.S. from VCU. He was worked in VCU Technology Services, Creative Services and Advancement Services in all aspects of web and technology.

 
Nate Parker (B.S.’10/B)

Nate Parker (B.S.’10/B)

Director of CRM Development

Phone: (804) 827-4587

Email: parkerjn2@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2011, Nate Parker earned a B.S. in information systems with a concentration in application development from VCU in 2010. He is part of the team that implemented the new DAR online giving and event database, systems and websites.

 
Matthew E. Chitty (B.S.’01/B)

Matthew E. Chitty (B.S.’01/B)

Application Developer

Phone: (804) 828-9853

Email: mechitty@vcu.edu

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Sam Giacco Jr.

Sam Giacco Jr.

Application Developer

Phone: (804) 828-7025

Email: sgiacco@vcu.edu

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Jenny J. Yoo

Jenny J. Yoo

Application Developer

Phone: (804) 827-4589

Email: jjyoo@vcu.edu

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Matt Kane (B.F.A.’06/A; Cert.’09/B; M.S.’17/B)

Matt Kane (B.F.A.’06/A; Cert.’09/B; M.S.’17/B)

Director of Data Management and Analytics

Phone: (804) 828-0462

Email: kanemj@vcu.edu

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Gordon Blum

Gordon Blum

Data Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-4739

Email: blumg@vcu.edu

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Allen Fournier

Allen Fournier

SQL Report Developer

Phone: (804) 828-5160

Email: afournier@vcu.edu

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Jazmine Gordon

Jazmine Gordon

Data Analyst

Phone: (804) 972-3986

Email: gordonjs@vcu.edu

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Jeff Green (B.F.A.’08/A)

Jeff Green (B.F.A.’08/A)

Web Developer

Email: greenjc@vcu.edu

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Jeff Green joined the VCU team as a web developer in 2014. His main responsibilities include event registration and giving forms as well as maintaining and developing the VCU Alumni website, DAR support website and DAR intranet. He has a B.F.A. in graphic design from VCU and worked previously as a graphic designer and web developer.

 
Matt Yopp

Matt Yopp

Director of Desktop and Systems Support

Phone: (804) 828-5315

Email: mdyopp@vcu.edu

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Matt Yopp, who joined the VCU team in 2012, has a B.A. from Collins College and holds A+ Certification and HDI CSR Certification. He has 10 years experience in IT and related technology fields.

 
William “Chris” Faris

William “Chris” Faris

Desktop and Systems Engineer

Phone: (804) 828-2285

Email: wcfaris2@vcu.edu

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William "Chris" Faris joined Advancement Services in 2016 as a desktop support technician. Faris has more than 10 years' experience in the IT support field and holds Network+ and HDI CSR certifications.

 
Kristen Stone (B.S.’06/H&S)

Kristen Stone (B.S.’06/H&S)

IT Project Manager

Phone: 8048280421

Email: stoneka2@vcu.edu

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Budget and Finance

Henry Davis III

Henry Davis III

Executive Director of Finance and Budget

Phone: (804) 828-5142

Email: hdavis8@vcu.edu

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Henry Davis joined VCU in June 2014 as director of finance and budget.

A licensed C.P.A. in Virginia, Davis spent 10 years as controller at GRTC followed by three years as CFO. He was responsible for a $45 million operating budget and a $9 million capital budget.

Davis earned a bachelor's in commerce with a concentration in accounting from the University of Virginia.

 
Lutie Hanson (B.A.’89/H&S)

Lutie Hanson (B.A.’89/H&S)

Assistant to the Director of Finance and Budget

Phone: (804) 828-1219

Email: llhanson@vcu.edu

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Adam Eddy (B.S.’10/E)

Adam Eddy (B.S.’10/E)

Budget and Finance Administrator

Phone: (804) 628-0248

Email: aeddy@vcu.edu

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Kelly McKay (M.S.’16/B)

Kelly McKay (M.S.’16/B)

Budget and Finance Administrator

Phone: (804) 628-0137

Email: kbmckay@vcu.edu

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Strategic Marketing and Engagement

Melanie Irvin (B.S.’96/MC)

Melanie Irvin (B.S.’96/MC)

Assistant Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Engagement

Phone: (804) 828-3975

Email: irvinms@vcu.edu

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In 2019, Melanie Irvin was named assistant vice president of Strategic Marketing and Engagement, a new division in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations that brings together Annual Giving, DAR Communications and Donor Relations and Events. Previously, Irvin lead the DAR Communications team for 13 years. Before arriving at VCU, Irvin spent nine years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She holds a bachelor degree in mass communications with a double major in political science from VCU, where she was executive editor of the thrice-weekly Commonwealth Times, and is a 2012 graduate of the VCU Leadership Development Program at the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute. In 2011, she won an Emmy for her work on an institutional philanthropy commercial, “Invest in VCU.”

 

DAR Communications

Kristen Caldwell (B.S.’94/MC)

Kristen Caldwell (B.S.’94/MC)

Executive Director, DAR Communications

Phone: (804) 828-3977

Email: kcaldwell2@vcu.edu

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Kristen Caldwell joined VCU in 2006 as a managing editor and assistant creative director in University Relations before joining the DAR Communications team in 2015. In her role of associate director of development and alumni marketing and communications, she manages the VCU Alumni magazines, Shafer Court Connections and Scarab; writes and develops communications for membership campaigns and alumni events; and sets strategy for social media. She holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from VCU.

 
Judy Arginteanu

Judy Arginteanu

Copy Editor

Email: arginteanj@vcu.edu

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James Irwin

James Irwin

Managing Editor

Email: jjirwin@vcu.edu

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Matthew Stoss

Matthew Stoss

Associate Editor

Phone: (804) 828-0880

Email: jjirwin@vcu.edu

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Mitchell Moore (B.S.’07/MC; M.S.’08/E)

Mitchell Moore (B.S.’07/MC; M.S.’08/E)

Senior Director of Creative Content

Phone: (804) 827-3617

Email: mooreml3@vcu.edu

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Mitchell Moore joined DAR Communications in January 2014. In his current role, he serves as creative director for all donor and alumni digital and print productions, including Impact donor magazine, Shafer Court Connections and Scarab alumni magazines, direct mail solicitations, donor events and alumni programming. Moore has worked as part of multiple CASE award-winning productions, including a Grand Award for graphic design of a donor impact report in 2016. Before joining DAR, he spent six years in the VCU Athletics Communications office as a graphic designer and primary media relations contact for six intercollegiate sports. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a master’s in recreation, parks and sport leadership from VCU.

 
Desiree Charity (B.S.’17/MC)

Desiree Charity (B.S.’17/MC)

Creative Content Specialist

Phone: (804) 827-2349

Email: charityd@vcu.edu

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Terri Curtis

Terri Curtis

Assistant Director of Creative Content

Phone: (804) 828-1223

Email: tlcurtis@vcu.edu

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Terri Curtis is a leading graphic designer with a passion for higher education design. In 2015, she joined VCU as a creative content assistant. In DAR, Curtis visually reaches out to alumni, donors, friends and colleagues. Previously, Curtis worked for Virginia State University, contributing her diverse design and marketing skills for several campaigns. She holds a bachelor's of fine arts degree in graphic design from VSU and was named Better Creative Directors on the VSU homepage in 2014 to promote the graphic design program. Curtis received a Master of Professional Studies in the Business of Art and Design (M.P.S. BAD) from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2019.

 
Jud Froelich (M.S.’21/B)

Jud Froelich (M.S.’21/B)

Assistant Director of Creative Media

Phone: (804) 828-5563

Email: ajfroelich@vcu.edu

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Kirk Nawrotzky

Kirk Nawrotzky

Creative Media Coordinator

Email: nawrotzkykg@vcu.edu

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Travis Wolfrey (B.S.’96/MC)

Travis Wolfrey (B.S.’96/MC)

Creative Project Manager

Email: collierte2@vcu.edu

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Margaret McVicar

Margaret McVicar

Associate Director, DAR Communications

Phone: (804) 828-3977

Email: mcvicarmm@vcu.edu

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Brelyn Powell

Brelyn Powell

Assistant Director, DAR Communications

Phone: (804) 467-2316

Email: blpowell@vcu.edu

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Brelyn Powell joined VCU in 2016. In her role of assistant director for DAR Communications, she leads communication efforts for VCU's Invest in Me campaign; writes feature articles for online and print publications; manages DAR's quarterly donor e-newsletter; maintains the support.vcu.edu site; manages communications for the Black & Gold & You employee giving campaign; and produces other communications as needed in support of annual giving, planned giving, alumni and stewardship efforts. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2014 with a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing, and has maintained a focus on writing for public relations, development and civic engagement throughout her career.

 

DAR Marketing

Jenna Baer Hart (B.S.’06/B)

Jenna Baer Hart (B.S.’06/B)

Senior Director, Constituent Marketing

Phone: (804) 828-0232

Email: jbhart@vcu.edu

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Jenna Hart joined VCU in August 2014 as associate director of annual giving. She works to increase alumni participation by focusing annual giving operations on retaining, renewing and acquiring alumni donors. She earned a B.S. in business administration and management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master's in human resource management from the University of Richmond. She spent five years working at the University of Richmond, where she managed direct mail, email and social media annual solicitations for the undergraduate alumni population. She also recruited, trained and motivated more than 250 alumni volunteers who worked toward the university's class giving goal of $2 million annually.

 
Katie Buzby (B.S.’10/B)

Katie Buzby (B.S.’10/B)

Director of Constituent Marketing

Email: kdbuzby@vcu.edu

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A member of the DAR team since 2011, Katie Buzby leads the team of constituent marketing associates who interact with all campus partners to execute DAR-related business communications. She is responsible for coordination, scheduling and quality control for alumni and donor emails, direct mail and event communications. She earned a B.S. in marketing with a minor in Spanish language from VCU in 2010. Buzby won the DAR Spirit Award in 2015.

 
Daniel Serafin

Daniel Serafin

Constituent Marketing Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-0880

Email: serafind@vcu.edu

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Kyle Springer (B.F.A.’15/A)

Kyle Springer (B.F.A.’15/A)

Digital Content Specialist, Constituent Marketing

Email: springerkb@vcu.edu

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Ravynn Sykes

Ravynn Sykes

Constituent Marketing Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-0880

Email: rsykes@vcu.edu

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Brendan Hood (B.S.’15/B; Cert.’15/DVC; M.B.A.’19/B)

Brendan Hood (B.S.’15/B; Cert.’15/DVC; M.B.A.’19/B)

Associate Director of Constituent Marketing

Phone: (804) 827-3574

Email: hoodbp@vcu.edu

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Brendan Hood, a member of the DAR team since 2015, supports DAR's campus partners in their efforts to engage constituents through strategic marketing and communications. Hood consults with partners on multichannel strategies, ensures consistent messaging and coordinates projects through VCU’s CRM, RADAR. He holds a B.S. in marketing and an M.B.A. from VCU, where he was president of the student alumni association and student representative to the university's Board of Visitors.

 
Parks Smith

Parks Smith

Senior Director, Marketing Strategy

Phone: (804) 937-2409

Email: pasmith4@vcu.edu

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Parks Smith formerly worked for the alumni relations office at his alma mater, Longwood University. He focuses his energies at VCU on enhancing the alumni volunteer experience and directs our alumni volunteer engagement strategy with a focus on how to recruit, train, retain and steward alumni into meaningful volunteer roles.

 
Joshua Cross

Joshua Cross

Communications Analyst

Phone: 804-827-0653

Email: jcross5@vcu.edu

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Joshua Cross joined VCU in March 2018 as communications analyst. He graduated with a B.S. in Information Science from Christopher Newport University in 2010. Before joining DAR, he was in the inaugural class of University Fellowship Program at Christopher Newport and later was responsible for maintaining the database used in communicating with prospective students.

 
Anthony Langley (B.S.’16/MC)

Anthony Langley (B.S.’16/MC)

Assistant Director of Digital Media Strategy

Phone: (804) 828-0022

Email: langleyat@vcu.edu

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Anthony Langley joined DAR Communications in October 2015 and earned his B.S. in public relations from VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture in 2016. During his time as a student, he helped design public relations campaigns for the Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance and the Virginia Department of Social Services.  He is responsible for researching and writing articles for the alumni magazine, website, and monthly e-newsletter, as well as helping to develop social media strategies and campaigns.

 
Jenn Papenfuse (M.P.A.’06/GPA; Cert.’06/GPA)

Jenn Papenfuse (M.P.A.’06/GPA; Cert.’06/GPA)

Senior Director, Stewardship Programs

Phone: (804) 828-0745

Email: jbpapenfuse@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2004 (she started as a student worker), Jenn Papenfuse has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.P.A. from VCU.

She won the DAR Team Spirit Award in 2012.

 
Sara Fetherolf

Sara Fetherolf

Assistant Director, Donor Engagement

Email: sfetherolf@vcu.edu

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Debrielle K. Williams (B.S.’13/H&S)

Debrielle K. Williams (B.S.’13/H&S)

Associate Director, Donor Engagement Operations

Phone: (804) 828-2049

Email: williamsd8@vcu.edu

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Debrielle Williams joined the VCU DAR staff while still an undergraduate in 2012. She previously served as an administrative assistant to the development coordinator at the nonprofit Greater Richmond SCAN. She obtained her bachelor's degree in sociology from VCU in 2013.

 

DAR Signature Events

Ashley Burton

Ashley Burton

Executive Director, DAR Signature Events

Phone: (804) 828-7162

Email: aldburton@vcu.edu

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Ashley Burton joined VCU Alumni as the director of alumni reunion and recognition programs in August 2018. She is responsible for the strategy, growth and success of reunions on the MCV and Monroe Park campuses. She also ensures that alumni are appropriately recognized for their contributions, both personally and professionally, through meaningful award ceremonies and events.

Most recently, Burton spent six years at the VCU School of the Arts in Qatar, where she managed events, festivals, ceremonies, conferences and diplomatic and VIP protocol. Before working in Qatar, she worked at VCU Massey Cancer Center, where she led sponsorship, fundraising and marketing for the center’s largest fundraising event, The Massey Challenge.

She maintains a professional certification as a Certified Special Event Professional through the International Live Events Association and is a licensed trainer by The Protocol School of Washington to teach intercultural etiquette and protocol.

Burton is a graduate of Longwood University and earned a certificate in event management from The George Washington University.

 

 
Lauren Sformo Leavy (Cert.'19/GPA)

Lauren Sformo Leavy (Cert.'19/GPA)

Associate Director, DAR Signature Events

Phone: (804) 628-2249

Email: leleavy@vcu.edu

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Lauren joined VCU Alumni as a project coordinator for outreach and engagement in February 2017 and became senior coordinator of alumni engagement events in August 2017. In her current role, she coordinates recognition programs such as 10 Under 10, and the alumni-owned business program. Lauren also assists with the MCV Campus Reunion Weekend and other recognition programs.

Before coming to Richmond, Lauren worked in the event planning field for five years in Rochester, New York. She received her B.A. in Communications Studies and Digital Media Arts from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Lauren received her Corporate Event Planning Certificate through the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education in 2017 and her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs in 2019.

 
Jared Kline

Jared Kline

Event Specialist

Email: klinejc2@vcu.edu

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Strategic Initiatives

Michael P. Andrews (M.S.’05/E)

Michael P. Andrews (M.S.’05/E)

Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives

Phone: (804) 828-0236

Email: andrewsmp@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU staff since 2006, Michael P. Andrews earned a B.S. from Hofstra University and a master's from VCU. After seven years of business-to-business sales and marketing experience with two Fortune 500 companies, he transitioned into higher education. Today, his primary focus is generating annual fund revenue streams through direct marketing via mail, phone, digital, crowdfunding and emerging technology strategies.

He excels in multichannel marketing, emphasizing alumni engagement and fundraising. In August 2011, Andrews split responsibilities with the College of Humanities and Sciences and Development and Alumni Relations to build the university's first centralized annual giving office. In 2012-2013, Andrews was instrumental in building out a 19-center, on-site call center known as the Gold Line. It continues to be the most successful tool in the effort to attract alumni donors.

Since his arrival in DAR, Andrews has been the catalyst for increasing alumni participation donors by 42 prcent (8,064 in FY12 to 11,469 in FY18). That increase in alumni donors also helped to increase alumni annual giving revenue to from $12.7 million in FY12 to $40.1 million in FY18.

In 2013, Andrews received an Emmy award for his role in producing the "Invest in VCU" TV spot. In February 2016, under his direction, the annual giving office received Platinum and Gold honors from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In April 2016, Andrews earned a merit award in the CASE category of Brief Events and Observances for the Battle for the Capital Alumni Giving Challenge.

 
Jessie Pilot (M.S.’19/B)

Jessie Pilot (M.S.’19/B)

Assistant Director, Strategic Initiatives

Phone: (804) 827-2664

Email: pilotj@vcu.edu

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Jessie Pilot has been a member of the DAR team since May 2015. She has a B.A. in communication from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in business from VCU. Her duties include working with campus partners on their annual giving solicitations, coordinating mailings and organizing and implementing an approach for each area to achieve its annual giving goals. She also manages the Igniter crowdfunding platform.  

 

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Alumni Relations

Elizabeth Bass (M.S.W.’03/SW)

Elizabeth Bass (M.S.W.’03/SW)

Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations

Phone: (804) 828-8192

Email: eebass@vcu.edu

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Elizabeth Bass has worked in higher education and the nonprofit sector for 20 years, with an emphasis on volunteer training and management, community outreach and collegiate civic engagement. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999 with a bachelor’s in sociology and from VCU in 2003 with a master’s in social work.

Since 2013, Bass has served as executive director of the Virginia Mentoring Partnership, a statewide organization that partners with schools, universities, corporations and nonprofit organizations to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships, and to promote effective youth mentoring across the commonwealth.

 
Amy Gray Beck, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’19/E)

Amy Gray Beck, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’19/E)

Executive Director, Alumni Relations

Phone: (804) 828-8191

Email: acbeck@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2012, Amy Gray Beck has a B.A. from Virginia Tech, an M.Ed. from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from VCU.

Her primary focus is on alumni engagement strategy, overseeing the outreach and engagement team. She has experience in student affairs, strategic enrollment management, student advancement programs, and alumni relations

 
Larry Powell (B.S.’85/MC)

Larry Powell (B.S.’85/MC)

Director, Alumni Affinity Programs

Phone: (804) 828-8194

Email: wlpowell@vcu.edu

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Larry Powell joined VCU in 1996. He manages VCU Alumni's shared interest groups and select regional chapters, coordinates athletics-related alumni engagement, coordinates the African-American Alumni Council’s scholarship and mentoring programs and serves as VCU Alumni’s primary point of contact for diversity-related activities. He holds a bachelor's in mass communications/public relations from VCU.

 
Alexandra Clayton

Alexandra Clayton

AAAC Mentoring Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-8194

Email: claytonan@vcu.edu

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Allison Toney

Allison Toney

Director, Student and Alumni Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-0311

Email: aktoney@vcu.edu

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Latisha Taylor

Latisha Taylor

Director, Alumni Career and Personal Development

Phone: (804) 828-3359

Email: smartlt@vcu.edu

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Latisha Taylor is the associate director of alumni outreach and engagement for alumni career programs. Taylor, a graduate of both Old Dominion University and George Mason University, previously worked in VCU’s central career services unit. She will provide alumni with meaningful opportunities to network, in-person and virtually, as she builds out a programming model that focuses on the industries in which our alumni work and not simply the academic areas in which they received a degree. Taylor will collaborate across the university in her efforts to engage alumni and strengthen their professional network.

 
Stefani Bonner (B.S.’15/H&S)

Stefani Bonner (B.S.’15/H&S)

Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Phone: (804) 828-7017

Email: bonnersj@vcu.edu

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Sarah Ramkey

Sarah Ramkey

Assistant Director, Student and Regional Alumni Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-0986

Email: smsmith4@vcu.edu

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Veda Bellamy

Veda Bellamy

Administrative and Program Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-7023

Email: vmbellam@vcu.edu

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Veda Bellamy has served as a support staff member in the VCU Alumni office since 1975. She has served as manager of the alumni house on the Monroe Park Campus, helped with program events, set up board of governors' meetings, assisted with the membership fulfillment and renewal program, supervised student workers and their daily assignments and performed other special duties.   

 
Diane Stout Brown

Diane Stout Brown

Alumni Outreach Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-4513

Email: dstout@vcu.edu

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Paige Hazelgrove (B.S.’13/H&S)

Paige Hazelgrove (B.S.’13/H&S)

Manager of Board Relations

Email: givenspe@vcu.edu

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Tiera Byrd (B.S.’12/B)

Tiera Byrd (B.S.’12/B)

Assistant Director, Alumni Lifelong Learning Programs

Email: mcguiretj@vcu.edu

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Athletics

Bryan Allen

Bryan Allen

Associate Athletic Director for Development and Major Gifts

Phone: (804) 828 1764

Email: blallen@vcu.edu

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Daniel O'Brien (M.Ed.’14/E)

Daniel O'Brien (M.Ed.’14/E)

Assistant Athletic Director for Development and Major Gifts

Phone: (804) 828-4771

Email: dobrien2@vcu.edu

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Hagan Watson

Hagan Watson

Athletic Special Events and Fulfillment Director

Phone: (804) 828-3956

Email: hhwatson@vcu.edu

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College of Engineering

Laura Kottkamp

Laura Kottkamp

Executive Director, College of Engineering Foundation, School of Business Foundation and VCU Foundation

Phone: (804) 828-1734

Email: lekottkamp@vcu.edu

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Cara Clark (B.F.A.’05/A)

Cara Clark (B.F.A.’05/A)

Manager of Board Relations

Phone: (804) 828-2909

Email: clarkce@vcu.edu

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Cara Clark, a Raleigh, North Carolina, native, holds a B.F.A. in dance and choreography from VCU and has worked as donor relations coordinator at the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh. She also holds an M.F.A. in film and video production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has worked as a multimedia specialist at Georgetown University Library's Gelardin New Media Center and as editor and videographer for the American Dance Festival’s video blog.

 
Nick Georges (M.Ed.’14/E)

Nick Georges (M.Ed.’14/E)

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-4252

Email: georgesna@vcu.edu

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Before joining VCU, Nick Georges served as the assistant director of athletic development at the College of William & Mary. Georges received a bachelor's in biology from Roanoke College, where he played soccer, and a Master of Sports Leadership from VCU.  

 
Kendra Gerlach

Kendra Gerlach

Director of Marketing and Communications

Phone: (804) 827-0631

Email: kegerlach2@vcu.edu

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Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor

Director, Career Services

Phone: (804) 827-7028

Email: ahtaylor2@vcu.edu

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College of Health Professions

T. Greg Prince, Ed.D., CFRE

T. Greg Prince, Ed.D., CFRE

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-7247

Email: tgprince@vcu.edu

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T. Greg Prince, Ed.D., CFRE, joined VCU’s College of Health Professions in September 2016. Prince has 25 years of professional experience in university development and advancement. Before coming to VCU, Prince led the advancement effort at Salisbury University, a small public regional institution on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. During his career, Prince has had a track record of initiating new development programs and donor/stewardship initiatives as well as forming volunteer groups.

His work before Salisbury focused on academic medicine development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and at East Carolina University's Medical & Health Sciences Foundation. In December 2015, Prince graduated with his Ed.D. in educational leadership from East Carolina University, and in March 2021, he earned his CFRE designation.

 
Beth Williamson Ayers (M.S.’91/E)

Beth Williamson Ayers (M.S.’91/E)

Director of Outreach and Professional Affairs

Phone: (804) 828-8662

Email: bwayers@vcu.edu

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Beth Ayers joined the Department of Health Administration in 2010. She previously served for five years in a similar capacity in the dean’s office of the College of Health Professions. In her current position, she works with the 2,200-plus alumni of the department’s three programs, directs all alumni functions, manages alumni communication and marketing and is involved with donor gifts, stewardship, development and fundraising efforts. Ayers manages all reunions and works closely with the Alumni Advisory Council. Ayers holds a B.S. in business from Belmont University in Nashville and an M.S. from VCU’s School of Education.

 
Malorie Burkett

Malorie Burkett

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-7247

Email: mgburkett@vcu.edu

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Heather E. Millar (M.B.A.’08/B)

Heather E. Millar (M.B.A.’08/B)

Director of Alumni Engagement

Phone: (804) 628-3787

Email: hemillar@vcu.edu

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Heather Millar holds an undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College and an M.B.A. from VCU. Her most successful development experience to date includes the establishment of an institutional advancement office with a 50-year constituent base that had never been cultivated for the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing. Millar also served as the executive director of a small nonprofit in the Richmond, Virginia, area that supports a local childhood cancer foundation. She has served on several boards, speaks at national conferences and has received various awards and honors, including Richmondmom.com’s April 2011 “Rockstar.”

 
Chris Progler

Chris Progler

Development Coordinator

Phone: (214) 240-9864

Email: proglercj@vcu.edu

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College of Humanities and Sciences

Mary Riddick

Mary Riddick

Director of Development

Email: riddickm2@vcu.edu

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Mary Riddick joined the College of Humanities and Sciences in August 2021. She previously served as director of development for the VCU School of Social Work team and worked for three years on VCU’s annual giving team. Riddick connects with humanities and sciences alumni, emeriti faculty, community partners and friends to the college to engage them with future initiatives. Riddick earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.P.A. from Old Dominion University.

 
Robert "Scott" Andrews

Robert "Scott" Andrews

Interim Finance Director

Email: andrewsrs@vcu.edu

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Riley Cain

Riley Cain

Officer of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 828-7053

Email: cainr@vcu.edu

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Alexis Finc

Alexis Finc

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 827-1351

Email: alfinc@vcu.edu

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Alexis Finc is the director of communications for the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. She is responsible for all internal and external communications, strategic messaging, and creative positioning for the college. Prior to joining VCU, Alexis spent the last six years overseeing communications at two different independent schools, Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in Los Angeles, where she worked on numerous digital and print materials, marketing efforts, web and social media presence, fundraising collateral and overall communications strategy.

Before entering the world of educational communications, Alexis worked as an editor and writer in New York and Los Angeles for such companies as NBC Universal, Seventeen Magazine and Total Beauty Media. Alexis earned her B.A. in women and gender studies and English from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. in creative writing - poetry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She currently lives in the Museum District with her husband and young son.

 
Anne Cabot Galeski

Anne Cabot Galeski

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 827-1306

Email: acgaleski@vcu.edu

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Anne Cabot Galeski joined the VCU team in 2019 as a leadership annual giving officer. Before joining VCU, Galeski spent over four years at Randolph-Macon College as assistant director for annual leadership giving and major gift officer. Before her development career, Galeski worked in private wealth management at Scott & Stringfellow in Richmond and Merrill Lynch in Washington, D.C. In 2009, Galeski received a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Virginia, where she was also a member of the field hockey team. She also holds a Certificate of Planned Giving from the University of Richmond and completed the Southeastern Trust School certificate program through Campbell University's Lundy-Fetterman School of Business in 2019.

 
Caitlin Smith Hanbury (M.A.’12/A)

Caitlin Smith Hanbury (M.A.’12/A)

Associate Director of Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-0862

Email: cshanbury@vcu.edu

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Caitlin Hanbury was named the assistant director of community affairs for the College of Humanities and Sciences in July 2018. She earned a B.A. in art history and English language and literature from the University of Virginia in 2005 and an M.A. in art history with a concentration in museum studies from VCU in 2012. She handles reputation management and stakeholder strategic messaging with a focus on alumni, donors, prospects and the larger community for the College of Humanities and Sciences. She previously served as the stewardship manager for the college and, before VCU, served as a development associate for the Maymont Foundation and as a programs and exhibitions manager for the Hermitage Museum & Gardens. 

 

Institute for Contemporary Art

Lisa Winn Bryan, Ed.D.

Lisa Winn Bryan, Ed.D.

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-2815

Email: winnl@vcu.edu

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Camille Weber

Camille Weber

Membership and Development Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-2815

Email: weberc2@vcu.edu

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Massey Cancer Center

Jasmine J. Davis (M.S.’10/H&S)

Jasmine J. Davis (M.S.’10/H&S)

Major Gifts Officer

Phone: (804) 828-4812

Email: jjdavis3@vcu.edu

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Michelle Adcock

Michelle Adcock

Director of Board Relations and Chief of Development Operations

Phone: (804) 828-1187

Email: madcock@vcu.edu

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Michelle Adcock oversees Massey's Community Advisory Board and Massey Alliance Board. Her role is to facilitate strategic engagement of board members through education, communication and participation and ensure they are equipped to be effective fundraisers, friend raisers and advocates for Massey. She has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Canisius College. She most recently served as director of development for Norfolk Collegiate School in Hampton Roads and has previously served as director of development for Junior Achievement of Western New York and the National Kidney Foundation serving upstate N.Y. She has been with Massey since August 2015.

 
Leslie Altaffer

Leslie Altaffer

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Phone: (804) 628-9100

Email: laltaffer@vcu.edu

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Christopher Mereen

Christopher Mereen

Leadership Annual Giving Officer

Phone: 804-628-3322

Email: mereencl@vcu.edu

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Robinette Tiller

Robinette Tiller

Senior Annual Giving Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-0034

Email: rmtiller@vcu.edu

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Ocelia Hudson

Ocelia Hudson

Corporate Relations Officer

Phone: (804) 628-1663

Email: ohudson@vcu.edu

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Katherine Layton

Katherine Layton

Development Communications Manager

Email: laytonk@vcu.edu

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Emily Pumphrey

Emily Pumphrey

Administrative Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-2232

Email: pumphreyej@vcu.edu

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Cynthia Bade

Cynthia Bade

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 828-1452

Email: badec2@vcu.edu

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Patricia Jackson

Patricia Jackson

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 628-5258

Email: jacksonp2@vcu.edu

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Marianne Johnson

Marianne Johnson

Massey Events Planner

Phone: (804) 628-2685

Email: johnsonm41@vcu.edu

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Charmica Harris

Charmica Harris

Director of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 628-6967

Email: eppscd3@vcu.edu

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Tiffany Gullins

Tiffany Gullins

Development Coordinator

Email: gullinst@vcu.edu

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Meghan Zapiec

Meghan Zapiec

Strategic Engagement Officer

Phone: (804) 433-7182

Email: mzapiec@vcu.edu

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MCV Foundation

Margaret Ann Bollmeier

Margaret Ann Bollmeier

President and CEO

Phone: (804) 828-2392

Email: MargaretAnn.Bollmeier@vcuhealth.org

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Margaret Ann Bollmeier provides strategic leadership aimed at strengthening MCV Foundation’s philanthropic efforts and relationships in the community and at Virginia Commonwealth University. A seasoned advancement professional with more than 25 years of experience, including 14 years as a foundation chief executive, Bollmeier has held leadership positions at Cornell University, the University of Virginia, University of Washington, Humanities Washington, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Providence Medical Center Foundation. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law.

 
Brian S. Thomas

Brian S. Thomas

Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Phone: (804) 828-0067

Email: Brian.Thomas@vcuhealth.org

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Brian Thomas joined VCU in 2005 as vice president for the School of Engineering Foundation before joining the MCV Foundation staff in 2009 as senior executive director of development. He was promoted to vice president and chief development officer of the MCV Foundation in December 2015. Thomas has more than 30 years of fundraising experience and has served in leadership positions in national organizations, including CASE and the ABA Section for Institutional Advancement. Thomas has worked for Hampden-Sydney College, the University of Richmond, Stetson University College of Law and Vanderbilt University. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Richmond and his B.A. in economics from Hampden-Sydney College. At the MCV Foundation, Thomas works with donors to secure principal, major and planned gifts for the benefit of the MCV Campus, including five health sciences schools, Massey Cancer Center, VCU Health and other centers and programs.

 
Eric Peters (B.S.’08/MC; M.P.A.’15/GPA)

Eric Peters (B.S.’08/MC; M.P.A.’15/GPA)

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-2358

Email: eric.peters@vcuhealth.org

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Eric Peters first came to VCU to work on the MCV Campus in 2011 as a public relations specialist in University Relations. For nearly five years he managed media relations and news content for the health sciences schools and spent time as public relations manager for the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research. He returned to the MCV Campus in 2017 after working in the federal government for nearly two years. Peters holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from VCU, a master’s degree in corporate and professional communication from Radford University, a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from VCU and accreditation in public relations from the Public Relations Society of America.

 
David Silver

David Silver

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (804) 828-2393

Email: David.Silver@vcuhealth.org

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David joined the MCV Foundation in 2018 as chief financial officer. He worked in several operational and financial management positions in the hospitality and property management industries before moving to the higher education and nonprofit sectors in 1997. Since that time, he has worked at several institutions including Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Catholic University of America, an international microfinance education organization and the University of Maryland College Park, where he served as executive director of financial management for the Division of University Relations and assistant treasurer for the University of Maryland College Park Foundation.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a CPA. As a key member of the MCV Foundation’s leadership team, David has overall responsibility for accounting, financial management, budgeting, audit, tax, investment and general operations. 

David has a private pilot’s license and usually flies a single engine Cessna aircraft. One of his favorite flying ventures originated in Nags Head, North Carolina, and finally touched down in Ocracoke, North Carolina, after several stops along the Outer Banks.

 
Erin Acors

Erin Acors

Staff Accountant, Accounts Payable

Phone: (804) 628-0164

Email: erin.acors@vcuhealth.org

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Erin Acors joined the MCV Foundation in November 2021 as staff accountant for accounts payable. Prior to this role, she was an accountant at RBI Services in Ashland, Va. She is currently completing her master’s program online in accountancy from Liberty University.

In the community, Erin played collegiate softball as the University of Central Arkansas and has volunteered for several goodwill programs such as the Project Christmas Child. She also volunteers at local sports organizations and is a Two Twelve networking member.

Erin earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Arkansas and is currently pursuing her CPA license. She lives in Montpelier, Va., with her family and three French bulldogs. In her spare time, she likes to coach youth league softball and spend time with her parents, sister, and fiancé.

 
Tracey Bigelow

Tracey Bigelow

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-9734

Email: tracey.bigelow@vcuhealth.org

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Tracey joined the MCV Foundation in December of 2018 as the administrative assistant and receptionist. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to the vice president and chief development officer and the director of planned giving. She also supports all functions of the development, communications and finance teams.

Before joining the MCV Foundation, Tracey spent 14 years in the staffing industry where she was responsible for recruiting, account management and sales. She is a graduate of North Country Community College and has associate degrees in business management and math & science.

In her free time, Tracey loves gardening, crafting, following Buffalo sports teams and, above all, spending time with her granddaughter.

 
Paul Brockwell

Paul Brockwell

Associate Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-1232

Email: Paul.Brockwell@vcuhealth.org

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Paul Brockwell began as marketing communications manager in July 2019 at the MCV Foundation. Previously, he was a senior communications strategy specialist with the State Corporation Commission and worked nearly six years in higher education communications at the University of Richmond, where his writing earned CASE and PRSA regional recognition. Brockwell earned a master’s in public communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and a B.A. in religious studies from William & Mary. In the community, he serves on the Library of Virginia board, the W&M Leadership Advisory Council, Omicron Delta Kappa’s National Advisory Council and in various roles at Grace Baptist Church. He loves obsessing about good television/pop culture, trying to read as many books as he can and hiking the James River trails in his spare time. In the past, he has written about Richmond’s food and drink scene for Style Weekly.

 
Penelope Carrington

Penelope Carrington

Design Services Manager

Email: penelope.carrington@vcuhealth.org

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Penelope joined the foundation in August 2021 as a design services manager in the Communications Department. Prior to this role, she was the public relations coordinator and later the creative services manager for the American Civil War Museum, where she lead design for the magazine of an award-winning museum dedicated to telling an inclusive history of the Civil War.

An accomplished reporter and storyteller, Penelope won several awards during her time at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where she began as a reporter and became editor of an award-winning weekly teen section written by local youth. Later, she also worked as a general assignment features writer and multimedia reporter. In 2008, she received a prestigious fellowship to train at a multimedia reporting and convergence workshop at the University of California Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center. In addition to her many skills, she is a talented photographer and runs her own freelance practice. Her photographic work is part of the permanent collections at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Family Lifeline.

Penelope earned her B.A. in print journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia. She lives in Short Pump with her two children.

 
Laura Dickinson

Laura Dickinson

Development Analyst and Project Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-5518

Email: laura.dickinson@vcuhealth.org

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Laura joined the MCV Foundation in September 2019 as development analyst and gift planning coordinator. In this capacity, she provides data analysis and project management to support development activities for the foundation. Laura has worked in resource development in the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years and brings a breadth of skills and experience to the foundation, including database management, special events, prospect research, analytics and reporting. Laura holds a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a certificate in fund development from University of Richmond.

Laura is passionate about the city and lives in the Carillon neighborhood of Byrd Park with her husband Ash and 3-year-old daughter Willow. She spends most of her free time with her family and friends, and enjoys exploring the city, traveling, trying new restaurants, seeing live music and visiting museums.

 
Kathleen "Kate" Fichter

Kathleen "Kate" Fichter

Senior Accountant

Phone: (804) 626-8494

Email: kathleen.fichter@vcuhealth.org

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Paula Griffin

Paula Griffin

Senior Accountant

Phone: (804) 828-9802

Email: Paula.Griffin@vcuhealth.org

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Paula joined the MCV Foundation as a gifts administrator in 2011. She analyzes and processes daily gift deposits, reconciles monthly giving and fees, and provides multiple gift, accounting and audit reports. Her previous accounting experience includes AP, AR, billing, bookkeeping and reconciliation, most recently at Performance Food Group and Christian & Barton.

She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a bachelor’s degree in statistics and also holds an Accounting Career Studies Certificate.

 
Gina Padrone

Gina Padrone

Assistant controller

Email: gina.padrone@vcuhealth.org

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Gina joined the MCV Foundation in February of 2019 as the assistant controller. Prior to joining the foundation, Gina served as accounting manager at St. Joseph’s Villa, the longest continuously operating children’s nonprofit in the United States. Gina's past work experience also includes development, event planning and donor management at the state and national level.  

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Gina received both a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Accountancy degree from the VCU School of Business.  

Outside of the office, Gina enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering as the treasurer for the Henrico Police Foundation. She is a member of SEAL Team Physical Training and an avid runner. 

 
Crystal Puryear

Crystal Puryear

Executive Assistant

Phone: (804) 628-1963

Email: crystal.puryear@vcuhealth.org

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Crystal Puryear joined the MCV Foundation in November 2017 as the executive assistant to the president. In addition to providing high-level support to the president, she is the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies and serves as the liaison between foundation staff and the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees. She also plans and facilitates all quarterly board and committee meetings. 

She joined the foundation with more than 10 years of experience supporting C-level executives and senior leadership in the financial services industry and nonprofit sector. Additionally, she played an integral role in the rapid growth of an outreach organization where she amassed a wealth of knowledge in community relations, event planning, volunteer management and marketing. 

Outside of work, Crystal enjoys traveling, hiking and seeing live music with her family.

 
Zaynah Qutubuddin (B.A.'08/H&S)

Zaynah Qutubuddin (B.A.'08/H&S)

Digital Engagement Manager

Phone: (804) 828-9733

Email: zaynah.qutubuddin@vcuhealth.org

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Zaynah joined the foundation in November 2021 as a digital engagement manager focusing on social media and digital content strategy. She also contributes writing to the foundation’s magazines and website. Prior to this role, Zaynah led creative development of training and communications for the environmental, health and safety team at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Boston, where she lived for a decade. 

In the community, she serves as a program manager and committee member for the Highlights Foundation Muslim Storytellers Fellowship and co-organized and led marketing for Books for Palestine, a fundraising initiative within the literary community for emergency relief efforts. Her past work includes writing for both higher education institutions and design and branding companies. Zaynah brings experience from publishing and as a freelance writer and publicist.

Zaynah earned her M.F.A. in creative fiction writing at Emerson College. She also graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in English and minors in biology and chemistry. She lives in Richmond and is enjoying the opportunity to get reacquainted with her hometown. In her spare time, she is working on a debut manuscript for a young adult fantasy novel and loves kickboxing, reading and traveling.

 
Tyler Trumbo

Tyler Trumbo

Digital Content Producer

Email: tyler.trumbo@vcuhealth.org

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Tyler joined the foundation in July 2021 as a digital content manager focusing on videography and photography. Prior to this role, he was a producer and editor with Fourth Line Films, a Richmond-based firm specializing in documentary filmmaking. In his work, he has helped mission-driven organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution and the American Association for the Advancement of Science to tell important stories. Most recently, he produced and edited a feature documentary that was distributed through the Public Broadcasting System as part of the Reel South film series. 

An accomplished visual storyteller, Tyler has taught as an adjunct instructor in filmmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University. In the community, he volunteers as sound mixer and archivist for Secretly Y’all, a nonprofit storytelling event group. He also co-founded RVA Documentary as a social and professional forum for documentary storytellers and the Doc’s Addition Screening Series.

Tyler earned his M.F.A. in documentary film and video from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in American studies from William & Mary. He lives in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood with his wife, Caron, three small and very energetic kids, and a golden doodle named Toby.

 
Cat Vincent

Cat Vincent

Gifts Administration Manager

Phone: (804) 827-1700

Email: catherine.vincent@vcuhealth.org

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Cat Vincent began as gifts administration manager on the foundation’s finance team in May 2021.

Prior to joining MCV Foundation Cat worked in the Gifts and Records Management department in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was the Team Lead Transaction Analyst for five years. Prior to her time at VCU, she served with the University of Richmond Advancement Office for 19 years in gifts and records management.

Cat brings more than 23 years of experience in advancement services. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys being in the outdoors, traveling, shopping and trying new restaurants.

 
Lewis Witcher

Lewis Witcher

Staff Accountant, Gifts and Accounts Receivable

Phone: (804) 828-2390

Email: lewis.witcher@vcuhealth.org

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Lewis Witcher joined the foundation in November 2021 as a staff accountant with a focus on gifts and accounts receivable.

Prior to this role, he was an accounting research analyst with Apex Systems, a world class technology services business. Lewis has more than seven years of accounting experience including account research, financial analysis, and accounts receivable.

Lewis earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., and was a member of the men’s basketball team. Lewis lives in Richmond with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, he likes to watch basketball and football and participates in a kickball league.

 
Julie Woodward

Julie Woodward

Controller

Phone: (804) 828-4792

Email: julie.woodward@vcuhealth.org

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Julie joined the MCV Foundation in 2018 as the controller.  Prior to joining the foundation, she served as accounting manager at DuPont Teijin Films. She brings with her valuable nonprofit experience, having served four years as the associate controller for the International Mission Board, a global nonprofit. 

Julie has handled all aspects of financial management operations during her nearly 25-year career, which has included significant experience in small business accounting throughout the Greater Richmond area.  Julie is a CPA and attended Virginia Commonwealth University and Strayer University, earning a bachelor’s degree and an M.B.A. in finance.

As a Richmond native, Julie has a passion for serving urban communities. Her drive for community service began during her first downtown experience in Open High School.  She currently serves as CFO for Beacon Hill Church in the City of Hopewell and leads the church’s Celebrate Recovery program in the Beacon Theatre.

 
Amber Yancey (B.S.’07/MC)

Amber Yancey (B.S.’07/MC)

Assistant Director of Donor Relations

Phone: (804) 828-4576

Email: amber.yancey1@vcuhealth.org

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Amber Yancey joined the foundation’s Development Team as assistant director of donor relations in August 2021.

Prior to this role, she was a development and scholarship specialist at the VCU School of Nursing, where she helped manage the scholarship process, alumni relations and events for the development team. Amber brings a wealth of experience to her role. She previously served as corporate partnerships and events manager with the Richmond Ballet and was a development and special events coordinator for Saint Gertrude High School.

Amber earned a B.S. in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She also completed a certificate in non-profit marketing from the University of Richmond’s Institute of Philanthropy. She lives in the Northside with her husband, Keith, and their dog, Guapo.

 

Medicine and Health

Niles Eggleston

Niles Eggleston

Assistant Vice President for Development VCU Health & School of Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-2112

Email: niles.eggleston@vcuhealth.org

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Niles Eggleston joined VCU in April 2020 as the assistant vice president of alumni and development serving VCU Health and the School of Medicine. Most recently he was associate dean of advancement at the University of Virginia, where he led the School of Engineering development team into the Honor the Future Campaign, with three of the largest cumulative fundraising totals in school history. He brings more than 20 years of development experience to VCU, including leading alumni and community development offices at the University of Florida Health Science Center and at the University of Rochester (New York) Medical Center.

 At VCU he leads a team of 20 professionals to secure philanthropic support vital to the medical school and VCU Medical Center and works to engage and connect alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to advance the vision and mission of the academic medical center.

 Niles earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Colorado and his master’s degree in sports management from North Carolina State University. He and his wife, Meghan, their three children, Bo, Grady and Moriah, live in Maidens, Virginia.

 

 

 

 
Amy English (Lane), Ph.D.

Amy English (Lane), Ph.D.

Executive Director of Development Operations

Phone: (804) 827-4937

Email: amy.lane@vcuhealth.org

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Part of the team since 2010, Amy thrives on the new discoveries, new students and new stories that she encounters every day on the MCV Campus. As director of major gifts, her favorite part of fundraising is finding the perfect match — aligning the diverse interests of our alumni and patients with the exceptional developments at our academic medical center. 

 A proud winner of the VCU Development and Alumni Relations Spirit Award, Amy has been with the university since 2004, having first served in VCU’s corporate and foundation relations office for six years. Prior to VCU, Amy held development roles at Reynolds Community College and William & Mary. 

 A native Virginian, Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University, an M.Ed. from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in higher education from William & Mary.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Nathan G. Bick

Nathan G. Bick

Senior Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 827-0387

Email: nathan.bick@vcuhealth.org

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Nathan Bick joined VCU in 2016. He has enjoyed building philanthropic relationships with distinguished alumni around the nation and is a member of the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center team. 

 Prior to VCU, Nathan was director of development for the Oregon Bach Festival at the University of Oregon. In that role, he led a team that raised more than $20 million in two years and became the first university unit to reach its campaign goal in a $3 billion universitywide campaign. 

 With 13 years of nonprofit development experience encompassing higher education, medicine/health and the arts, he holds an M.B.A. and a master’s degree  in arts administration from the University of Cincinnati, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

 

 

 
Rohn Brown

Rohn Brown

VCUH Auxiliary Board Development Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-5633

Email: Rohn.Brown@vcuhealth.org

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Rohn Brown joined the Med-Health Development team in 2022. He coordinates the VCU Health auxiliary grants program and assists with other special projects. Before joining VCU, he completed 31 years of state and local government service in Virginia. He was an employer representative for 11 years with the Virginia Retirement System in his last stint. He also managed grant programs with the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. Rohn has lived in the Richmond area since 1987 and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Longwood University and a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia.

 
Jack Carmichael

Jack Carmichael

Director of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 827-4931

Email: john.carmichael@vcuhealth.org

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Jack Carmichael serves as the director of Annual Giving for the School of Medicine and VCU Health, overseeing direct response campaigns for the medical school’s alumni as well as grateful patients. Jack joined the School of Medicine in 2014 and has served in various roles during his time here, including programming support for Reunion Weekend and front-line leadership of annual giving.

A Richmond native, Jack received his B.A. from Dickinson College, where he majored in English and Spanish. He holds an M.A. in Spanish literature from the University of Málaga, Spain, as well as an M.A. in English from VCU.

 

 
Priscilla (Wiggin) Cash

Priscilla (Wiggin) Cash

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-4933

Email: priscilla.wiggin@vcuhealth.org

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Priscilla Cash joined the VCU School of Medicine’s major giving team in 2015. She works with alumni in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West and with faculty in the Department of Urology.

Priscilla previously served as assistant director of leadership annual giving at VCU Massey Cancer Center. She also served in sales and sales management roles for the pharmaceutical and device-manufacturing companies of Hydro-Photon and Sanofi-Aventis, covering domestic territories in the Northeast as well as in Canada and Mexico. Her fundraising career began in San Francisco with the Pacific Crest Outward Bound school; she spent four years as an alpine mountaineering and rock-climbing instructor for the organization before moving into development.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Radford University and a nursing degree from the Johns Hopkins University. She also completed a certificate program in fundraising at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In her spare time, Cash enjoys the outdoors, music, travel and cooking for family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 
Ashley Congdon

Ashley Congdon

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 628-8643

Email: ashley.congdon@vcuhealth.org

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Hope Elliott

Hope Elliott

Executive Assistant

Phone: (804) 628-3607

Email: hope.elliott@vcuhealth.org

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Romina Gutierrez

Romina Gutierrez

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 628-8287

Email: romina.gutierrez@vcuhealth.org

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Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)

Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)

Director of Development, Neurology

Phone: (804) 828-3407

Email: payton.hardinge@vcuhealth.org

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Payton Hardinge joined the team in 2017 and oversees capital fundraising initiatives’ timetables, leadership structures and activities, including the strategic master facilities plan. She also develops and implementis strategies, programs including the Community Internship Program and events to identify and integrate new donors and advocates into strategic priorities. Her work ensures that development activities related to medicine and health are strategically directed and generate appropriate return on investment. 

Prior to joining the Medicine and Health team, Payton worked for six years with VCU Massey Cancer Center. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Spanish from VCU.

 

 

 
Michelle Holder

Michelle Holder

Stewardship Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-4935

Email: Michelle.Holder@vcuhealth.org

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Michelle Holder joined the team in 2019 and currently oversees production of acknowledgement letters, pledge reminders and tribute reports.

Prior to VCU, she spent 10 years at UPS Freight serving as both a health and safety supervisor and an employee relations supervisor. Holder’s background in relationship building, data management, investigation and root-cause analysis equipped her with a high-level of expertise in both the human and legal sides of safety and HR compliance.

Michelle earned a diploma from The Braxton School of Business in 1987 as well as master level

Microsoft Office user specialist certification in 2003.

 
Justin Jannuzzi

Justin Jannuzzi

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-8905

Email: justin.jannuzzi@vcuhealth.org

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Justin Jannuzzi joined Med-Health Development in 2021. His focus is working with grateful patients of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, especially advanced heart failure and surgery, as well as supporting Pauley’s advisory board. Previously, Justin spent 15 years fundraising in college athletics, holding leadership positions at VCU, Old Dominion University, Duke University and James Madison University. Most recently, he worked in health technology sales at Whil, a division of Rethink.

Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wabash College and a master's degree in sport leadership from VCU. He and his wife Jessica both grew up in Richmond and have two daughters, Josephine and Jocelyn.

 
Jackie Kruszewski

Jackie Kruszewski

Associate Director for Donor, Alumni and Stewardship Communications

Phone: (804) 828-3291

Email: Jackie.Kruszewski@vcuhealth.org

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Jackie joined the VCU team in 2020 as a communications specialist at the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. She moved to the School of Medicine in 2022, where she writes and edits content that tells the stories of donors, alumni, faculty and students for print and web. She also creates and edits collateral that supports the communications and engagement aims of the development team.

Before joining VCU, Jackie worked in communications for a state agency and as a local reporter and freelance writer. She has worked in development for a Richmond performing arts center and a museum in New York City, as well as having experience in advocacy communications for an environmental nonprofit in Washington, D.C.

Raised in the Richmond area, Jackie holds a bachelor’s degree in political and social theory from the University of Virginia.

 
Erin Lucero

Erin Lucero

Senior Director of Development Communications

Phone: (804) 827-4938

Email: erin.lucero@vcuhealth.org

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Erin Lucero loves telling the stories of our alumni, donors, faculty and students. In 19 years as director of development communications, she has produced a variety of collateral pieces that support development and alumni engagement priorities. She has taken three print periodicals from concept to production, including the School of Medicine’s 12th & Marshall alumni magazine, and launched the school’s email newsletter, which, in its 19th year, enjoys a better than 25% open rate. 

 Before joining the School of Medicine in 2001, Erin worked for a decade in what is now the public affairs office on the MCV Campus, coordinating with local, regional and national news organizations for stories about the hospital, Massey Cancer Center and five health science schools. 

 A native Richmonder, Erin holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University and is an award-winning member of both the Public Relations Society of America and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement.

 

 

 

 

 
Joy Malkin

Joy Malkin

Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs

Phone: (804) 827-4939

Email: joy.sanders@vcuhealth.org

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Joy Malkin joined VCU School of Medicine as its first major gift officer in 2006. Joy is a member of the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center team and loves building relationships with donors and helping them meet their philanthropic goals. 

She began her career with the American Cancer Society before moving to the United Way and after that, into higher education advancement. Prior to joining VCU, she worked as a regional gift officer for the University of Kentucky during its first billion-dollar campaign.

Joy earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Kentucky.

 

 

 

 
Donna Martin-Devine

Donna Martin-Devine

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-4100

Email: donna.martindevine@vcuhealth.org

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Lynn Meyer

Lynn Meyer

Director of Donor Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-6297

Email: lynn.meyer@vcuhealth.org

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Lynn Meyer joined the team in 2015. Her fundraising career spans more than 21 years. Prior to joining VCU, she served as chief development officer at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, completing an $8 million capital campaign. She worked as an associate director for corporate and foundation relations for William & Mary and, before that, worked at Old Dominion University for seven years, first as a grant writer in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, then as a major gift officer in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. 

Lynn has a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor’s in communications, both from ODU.

 

 
Carrie Mills

Carrie Mills

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-0423

Email: carrie.r.mills@vcuhealth.org

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With more than 15 years of advancement experience, Carrie Mills joined the VCU Medicine and Health team in 2017. She works with the faculty, grateful patients and donors of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center and the Department of Surgery. She led the development of the VCU Medical Philanthropy Academy, which trains faculty and staff how best to partner with the development team.

Before joining VCU, Carrie was senior director of development and alumni affairs at the University of Florida, where she led alumni giving and a $30 million scholarship campaign. Prior to that, she worked in community fundraising at the March of Dimes in Jacksonville, Florida.

Carrie has a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in nonprofits from Appalachian State University.

 
Brenna Monk

Brenna Monk

Senior Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 628-5813

Email: brenna.monk@vcuhealth.org

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Brenna Monk joined the Development team in 2019. She supports the Annual Giving program’s direct response campaigns and travels around Virginia to engage alumni.

Prior to coming to VCU, Brenna served as a development intern with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and as a digital and social media intern at VPM.

Brenna, a Richmond native, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in arts administration and studio art and a minor in leadership.

 

 
Sarah Neely (B.S.'14/H&S; M.Ed.’22/E; Cert.’22/GPA)

Sarah Neely (B.S.'14/H&S; M.Ed.’22/E; Cert.’22/GPA)

Associate Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-8908

Email: sarah.neely@vcuhealth.org

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Sarah Neely joined Med-Health Development in 2022. Her focus is working with grateful patients of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center and managing the Pauley Heart Society. Previously, she served as the officer of annual giving and corporate stewardship for VCU Libraries. Prior to joining VCU, Sarah worked for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in various roles, where she ultimately landed in their development office managing boards, events and stewardship. She holds three degrees from VCU: B.S. in psychology, M.Ed. in educational leadership studies and a certificate in nonprofit management. Sarah is a Richmond, Virginia local and grew up in Old Church. 

 
Bernadette O'Shea

Bernadette O'Shea

Senior Director of Development for Neurosciences and Wellness

Phone: (804) 828-3652

Email: bernadette.oshea@vcuhealth.org

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Bernadette O'Shea joined Med-Health Development in 2021, responsible for leading the Neurosciences team, including neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry divisions. A strategic leader and campaign expert with specialized knowledge in health care and major and principal giving, Bernadette has two decades in fundraising — including roles as a consultant, community hospital C-Suite executive and senior director for the neurosciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Bernadette is on the boards of Keaton's Kids in New York and the Institute of Transactional Philosophy in California.

She is a transplant of Chicago and a lifelong learner pursuing an MBA; she enjoys live comedy, reading, traveling and outdoor adventures. Bernadette and her family look forward to exploring Richmond and meeting the community.  

 
Heather Phibbs

Heather Phibbs

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-8907

Email: heather.phibbs@vcuhealth.org

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A native of Richmond, Heather joined the Med-Health Development team in 2022 with 20 years of combined experience in fundraising and marketing communications. Since 2009, she has worked in development for national  health and human services nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity and the Alzheimer’s Association. She has led the planning and execution of major fundraising campaigns, both local and national in scope. A graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s journalism school, Heather also previously worked in advertising and public relations.

 
Polly Roberts

Polly Roberts

Senior Associate Director of Development Communications

Phone: (804) 828-5290

Email: polly.roberts@vcuhealth.org

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Polly Roberts joined the School of Medicine in 2016. The opportunity to tell the stories of the medical school and support a $300 million campaign drew her from corporate communications back to VCU, where she had served as web content manager in University Relations from 2006-13. Polly began her career as a journalist with Richmond.com, covering health and education.

 Her responsibilities at VCU have a web focus, including managing the quarterly alumni e-newsletter. She also manages the medical school’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages, which earned an AAMC GIA Bronze Award in Social Media for a Facebook campaign to introduce the Class of 2021. In addition to writing and editing for the website and alumni magazine, Polly also collaborates with university partners to maximize the reach of each story.

 Born in Tennessee and raised in the Richmond area, Polly holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 

 

 
Natalie Roby

Natalie Roby

Assistant Director of Clinical Annual Giving Programs

Phone: (804) 828-9832

Email: natalie.a.taylor@vcuhealth.org

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Beth Schecter

Beth Schecter

Assistant Director of Development Operations

Phone: (804) 828-3684

Email: elizabeth.schecter@vcuhealth.org

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Beth Schecter joined the Med-Health Development team in 2021, providing project coordination and strategic management for the team’s programs and daily operations. She also manages grateful patient educational programming for School of Medicine faculty and serves as the program manager for the Medical Philanthropy Academy. Before joining VCU, she was the development stewardship manager at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. She is a recent transplant to Richmond and enjoys running, reading, baking and spending time with her young kids.

 
Jodi T. Smith

Jodi T. Smith

Director of Development, School of Medicine

Phone: (804) 628-2248

Email: jodi.smith@vcuhealth.org

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Jodi T. Smith has served as senior development officer and director of constituent relations for the School of Medicine since 2009. She leads Reunion Weekend programming and reunion class giving campaigns. Smith also serves as a major gift officer. From 1999-2005, she was the director of annual giving for the medical school.

A native of Richmond, she received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon College in 1994.

 

 
Emily Starks

Emily Starks

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Phone: (804) 628-6206

Email: emily.starks@vcuhealth.org

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Emily joined the Med-Health Development team in 2022. In this role, she works primarily with School of Medicine alumni. Prior to joining Med-Health, Emily served as a university development officer with VCU’s central development team, focusing on West Coast-based VCU alumni across all schools and units since 2018. Previously, Emily worked in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in corporate relations and as a fundraiser for a public affairs consulting firm. She’s completing an MBA from the VCU School of Business and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and politics from Washington & Lee University.

 
Shamera Stewart (B.S.'16/B)

Shamera Stewart (B.S.'16/B)

Development Specialist for Constituent Relations and Stewardship

Phone: (804) 828-3055

Email: shamera.stewart@vcuhealth.org

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Pam Vaughan

Pam Vaughan

Development Office Manager

Phone: (804) 827-4934

Email: pamela.vaughan@vcuhealth.org

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Pam Vaughan joined the team in 2000. She oversees daily activities in the office including processing travel authorizations, reimbursements, purchasing and vendor payments as well as serving as a resource on university policies in these areas. She has served in a number of roles since 2000, including as a special events coordinator for the team.

Prior to joining VCU, Pam spent more than 17 years at AT&T in various positions.

Originally from Emporia, Virginia, Pam earned a certificate in computer programming from ECPI University and attended Virginia State University.

 

 
Wren Wyatt (Cert.’14/GPA; M.P.A.’15/GPA)

Wren Wyatt (Cert.’14/GPA; M.P.A.’15/GPA)

Director of Development Information Management

Phone: (804) 828-5008

Email: wren.wyatt@vcuhealth.org

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Wren Wyatt joined VCU’s corporate and foundation relations office in 2014 on a graduate fellowship through the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, where much of his research focused on postsecondary education. Before working at VCU, Wyatt attended the University of Virginia, graduating with a degree in international relations. He brings a variety of skills and experiences to the School of Medicine, drawing on previous roles as an English teacher overseas, an attorney liaison for a large Richmond law firm and a variety of defense industry and electrical engineering sales roles.

 

 

 
Laura Yawman

Laura Yawman

Director of Constituent Relations and Stewardship

Phone: 804-628-6226

Email: Laura.Renaud@vcuhealth.org

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Laura Renaud joined the team in 2019. Prior to VCU, Laura served as the associate director of development at Johns Hopkins Medicine, fundraising for the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research. She spent six years at Hopkins in both health care and higher education settings. 

Passionate about connecting committed donors with philanthropic opportunities, Laura has spent her entire career in the nonprofit sector. She served on the membership committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Maryland Chapter, and sits on the alumni board of Maryvale Preparatory School in Baltimore. 

She is pursuing a master’s in communication from the Johns Hopkins University and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Davidson College.

 

 

 

 

School of the Arts

Sarah Hendricks

Sarah Hendricks

Executive Director of Development

Email: shendricks@vcu.edu

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Julia M. Carr

Julia M. Carr

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-4676

Email: carrj@vcu.edu

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Kelly Kerr

Kelly Kerr

Director of Events and Sponsorships

Phone: (804) 828-9182

Email: kkerr@vcu.edu

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Kelly Kerr joined the VCUarts development team in August 2012, where she serves as director of events and sponsorships. She previously worked for VCU's Office of the President as manager of the Scott House. She earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from James Madison University.

 
Linda S. Johnston

Linda S. Johnston

Administrative Director

Phone: (804) 827-4541

Email: lsjohnst@vcu.edu

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Linda Johnston is proud to have been a part of the VCU Department of Music since 1988. She is an alumna of VCU music with a bachelor's in music education. She also serves as music director/organist at Pine Street Baptist Church, where she has served since 1972. Johnston serves the Department of Music as the fiscal administrator as well as human resources liaison. One of her many responsibilities in the department is to maintain relationships with VCU music alumni and donors. 

 

School of Business, Brandcenter and da Vinci Center for Innovation

Laura Kottkamp

Laura Kottkamp

Executive Director, School of Business Foundation, College of Engineering Foundation and VCU Foundation

Phone: (804) 828-1734

Email: lekottkamp@vcu.edu

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Joey Broussard

Joey Broussard

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-7408

Email: jebroussard@vcu.edu

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Cheryl Slokker

Cheryl Slokker

Marketing and Communications Manager

Phone: (804) 827-2702

Email: caslokker@vcu.edu

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Katy Beisheim

Katy Beisheim

Manager, Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 827-0075

Email: kbeisheim@vcu.edu

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Caitlin Burns (M.Ed.’15/E)

Caitlin Burns (M.Ed.’15/E)

Assistant Director, Student & Corporate Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-1805

Email: cmburns@vcu.edu

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Cara Clark (B.F.A.’05/A)

Cara Clark (B.F.A.’05/A)

Manager of Board Relations

Phone: (804) 828-2909

Email: clarkce@vcu.edu

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School of Dentistry

Gloria Callihan

Gloria Callihan

Associate Dean for Development

Phone: (804) 828-8101

Email: gfgreinercal@vcu.edu

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Marie Norton (M.F.A.’10/H&S)

Marie Norton (M.F.A.’10/H&S)

Executive Administrative Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-5615

Email: mpnorton@vcu.edu

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Marie Norton previously worked at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Visual Arts Center of Richmond and Capital One. She is a graduate of VCU’s masters of fine arts in fiction writing. In 2012, she won the Virginia Commission for the Arts fellowship in fiction.

 

 
Cristina Cruz

Cristina Cruz

Director of Leadership Annual Giving and Stewardship

Phone: (804) 828-2931

Email: cmcruz@vcu.edu

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Cristina Cruz serves as the assistant director of development communications and special events at the VCU School of Dentistry. She manages the school's donor relations efforts, including alumni engagement and stewardship events, and coordinates alumni and donor communications. She has worked in development at the School of Dentistry since 2010 and has a background in public relations and event management. Cruz is a 2006 graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in public relations and Spanish.

 
Nan Johnson

Nan Johnson

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-0324

Email: nljohnson@vcu.edu

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Kendra Novey

Kendra Novey

Assistant Director for Reunion and Student Engagement

Phone: (804) 828-1138

Email: kwnovey@vcu.edu

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School of Education

Ed Kardos

Ed Kardos

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-4692

Email: egkardos@vcu.edu

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From 2012 to 2015, Ed Kardos served as director of development for major gifts at the VCU School of Dentistry, where he secured more than $3.5 million in total donations dedicated to scholarship and professorship endowments. Before joining the School of Dentistry, Kardos served as executive director of development for the VCU School of Nursing, director of development for Benedictine High School and the first full-time annual giving director at James Madison University. He is a Nina Abady Award recipient (2004), the highest award given by the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives for lifetime career excellence.

 
Leetah Stanley

Leetah Stanley

Alumni and Student Engagement Coordinator

Phone: 804-828-2813

Email: lstanley@vcu.edu

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School of Nursing

Pamela Lowe

Pamela Lowe

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-0020

Email: plowe@vcu.edu

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Angela L. Flagg

Angela L. Flagg

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-1071

Email: flaggal@vcu.edu

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Laura Keller

Laura Keller

Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Phone: 804-828-3881

Email: kellerl3@vcu.edu

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TaLees Owens (B.S.'17/H&S)

TaLees Owens (B.S.'17/H&S)

Development Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-5548

Email: owensti@vcu.edu

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Katharine Stein (B.F.A.’15/A)

Katharine Stein (B.F.A.’15/A)

Scholarship and Stewardship Manager

Phone: (804) 827-2524

Email: steinke2@vcu.edu

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Katharine Stein is a 2015 VCUarts alumna from the Department of Sculpture. She previously served as a development coordinator at VCUarts before a stint in the development office at the Science Museum of Richmond. 

 

School of Pharmacy

Louie A. Correa

Louie A. Correa

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-3016

Email: lacorrea@vcu.edu

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Louie Correa joined the VCU development team in March 2015. He has 14 years of experience in development and nonprofit management. Before joining VCU, he served as chief executive officer of Project 375 (formerly The Brandon Marshall Foundation) based in Chicago. He also served as an associate consultant for Campbell & Co., a fundraising consulting firm based in Chicago, where he worked with many arts and higher education clients throughout the U.S. Before his time in Chicago, Correa spent nearly a decade in Indianapolis in development roles with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The TKE Foundation. He has authored articles in Advancing Philanthropy and chapters in Giving USA. He has a master's degree from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University (2010) and bachelor's degrees in rhetoric and English from the University of Illinois (2002).

 
Greg Weatherford (B.S.’95/MC; M.F.A.’12/A)

Greg Weatherford (B.S.’95/MC; M.F.A.’12/A)

Director of Communications

Phone: (804)828-6470

Email: goweatherfor@vcu.edu

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Jessica Lee Sorensen

Jessica Lee Sorensen

Leadership Engagement Officer

Phone: (804) 828-4246

Email: jlsorensen@vcu.edu

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Jess Sorensen previously served as development coordinator for VCUarts. After receiving her B.S. in sociology from James Madison University in 2010, she interned for the summer with the VCU donor relations team. She then became the administrative assistant to the dean of external affairs at the VCU School of Business from August 2010 to January 2013. She is a native of Richmond, Virginia.

 
Tramane Howard

Tramane Howard

Development Coordinator

Email: howardjrtl@vcu.edu

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School of Social Work

Anna Givens

Anna Givens

Development Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-7166

Email: givensa3@vcu.edu

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Geoff LoCicero

Geoff LoCicero

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-9335

Email: locicerog2@vcu.edu

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Geoff LoCicero joined the VCU School of Social Work in July 2019. Previously, he was coordinator of digital marketing and communications for the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi, after serving as the university’s director of web services from 2009-17. He was the first director of web communications at the University of South Carolina from 2005-09.

Before that, LoCicero was a trainer and researcher at the Ifra Newsplex at the University of South Carolina, a public-private partnership that focused on the development of cross-media strategies and training for journalists in the U.S. and abroad.

He also worked as a copy editor and page designer at The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina and as a sports copy editor and designer at the Birmingham Post-Herald.

 

 
Nicole Passmore (B.S.’17/H&S)

Nicole Passmore (B.S.’17/H&S)

Communications Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-4830

Email: passmorenm@vcu.edu

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James Romanik

James Romanik

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-1030

Email: romanikjv@vcu.edu

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Student Affairs

Anthony Muscatello

Anthony Muscatello

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-1702

Email: amuscatello@vcu.edu

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VCU Foundation

Laura Kottkamp (Ed.D.'19/E)

Laura Kottkamp (Ed.D.'19/E)

Executive Director

Phone: (804) 828-1734

Email: lekottkamp@vcu.edu

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Paige Hazelgrove (B.S.’13/H&S)

Paige Hazelgrove (B.S.’13/H&S)

Manager of Board Relations

Email: givenspe@vcu.edu

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VCU Libraries

Kelly Gotschalk (B.F.A.’90/A; M.A.’97/A)

Kelly Gotschalk (B.F.A.’90/A; M.A.’97/A)

Director of Development and Major Gifts

Phone: (804) 827-1163

Email: kjgotschalk@vcu.edu

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Caslin Applewhite (B.F.A.’11/A)

Caslin Applewhite (B.F.A.’11/A)

Events and Communications Coordinator

Phone: (804) 357-7655

Email: applewhiteec@vcu.edu

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Sue Robinson

Sue Robinson

Director of Communications and Public Relations

Phone: (804) 828-0129

Email: srobinson26@vcu.edu

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Antonia FD Vassar (B.A.’05/A)

Antonia FD Vassar (B.A.’05/A)

Director of Stewardship and Volunteer Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-1165

Email: vassaram@vcu.edu

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Antonia F.D. Vassar graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 with a B.A. in music. She became interested in fundraising and philanthropy after working in the VCU Libraries Development Office as a student. She enjoys seeing VCU Libraries donors engaged and active in the larger VCU and Richmond communities.

 
Ryan Pander

Ryan Pander

Event Manager

Phone: (804) 828-0593

Email: rbpander@vcu.edu

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VCU Life Sciences

Lynne C. McCarthy

Lynne C. McCarthy

Communications and Alumni Relations Officer

Phone: (804) 827-1164

Email: lcmccarthy@vcu.edu

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Stevan Dozier

Stevan Dozier

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-6205

Email: doziers2@vcu.edu

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Tiffany Murray-Robertson

Tiffany Murray-Robertson

Interim director of communications and external relations

Phone: (804) 827-1253

Email: tfmurray@vcu.edu

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Katherine Huynh (B.S.’11/B)

Katherine Huynh (B.S.’11/B)

Events and Messaging Strategist

Phone: (804) 827-0867

Email: huynhkp@vcu.edu

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David Slipher

David Slipher

Director of Communications and External Relations

Phone: (804) 828-1614

Email: slipherd@vcu.edu

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Rachel Zeeve

Rachel Zeeve

Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator

Email: zeeverb@vcu.edu

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